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Trust no one when your daughter goes missing.

On a frigid winter morning near her cabin, Ava Galbraith’s four-year-old daughter vanishes without a trace in the snow. Local sheriff, Mallory Anderson, focuses his initial investigation on Ava and her estranged husband, Gordon, embroiled in a bitter custody battle. But when Ava receives a ransom demand for half-a-million dollars, the race to find four-year-old Melanie takes on a more ominous tone. With the FBI on board, disturbing secrets begin to emerge connecting both Ava and her husband to a murky past. A remote cabin in the woods may hold some desperately needed answers, but time is ticking down to complete the ransom drop-off and save Melanie from the one person who wants her dead.

Who is the real mastermind behind the abduction?

Fasten your seatbelt for a tense domestic thriller with a heart-pounding pace!

Will you enjoy Her Last Steps? If you listen to any of my favorite psychological and domestic suspense thriller authors including K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland, Adam Croft, Kathryn Croft, Louise Jensen, or Rachel Caine, the answer is a resounding yes!

©2019 Norma L Hinkens (P)2020 Norma L Hinkens

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Wonderful suspense read

Her Last Steps: A Psychological Suspense Thriller, my fifth amazing read from author N.L. Hinkens, my third this week. After reading/listening to The Other Woman & The Lies She Told, I followed with this book. I enjoyed the outstanding suspense story-line with its intricately woven twists and turns. Norma (N.L.) Hinkens is on my radar of great authors! I was given an Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Narrator Julie Niblett's wonderful narration adds to the book's enjoyment. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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I liked the book more and more as I got further
into it. First few chapters a little slow, but then delivered a good,suspenseful thriller!

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Loved it! Gripping story with incredible narration

There are so many twists and turns to this story that it will definitely keep you guessing. You won’t be able to stop listening! You'll want to hear just a little more...but it’s impossible to resist and will keep you hanging onto every word! Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you’ll be shocked by more twists and turns. The characters all want the same thing - the safe return of the 4 year old little girl - but they all have secrets and skeletons in their closets that they definitely don’t want revealed. One little misstep, and everything they’ve carefully constructed could all be for nothing. The mother and father are at the beginning stages of a divorce, so the mother and her daughter go to the soon to be ex husbands cabin so the wife can get her personal belongings since it will go to her husband after the divorce. While out enjoying the scenery and snowy area, within moments, the 4 year old daughter is suddenly gone, without a trace. Was it a planned kidnapping by the distraught mother in an attempt to get ransom money from her soon to be ex husband, especially since everyone knows she will struggle financially after the divorce? Or did she do it because she wants sole custody of her daughter and is trying to make it as if she’s been kidnapped so that they could possibly vanish together and never have to worry about the ex husband? Or was it the angry father who blames his wife for everything, is mad about the money she will be granted in the divorce, and is furious about having to pay the half a million dollar ransom? Not the mention, if the wife coordinated the kidnapping then he’ll be handing over the money to her, even if it’s not directly. If he staged the kidnapping though and he pays half a million dollars ransom, obviously he’ll be able to justify paying her less in the divorce, so is he trying to ensure she gets less money by staging the kidnapping and ransom payment? Was it the husbands mother (the little girls grandmother) as an attempt to save and protect her son and granddaughter? Are the elderly neighbors as oblivious and naive as they appear to be? Don’t forget about the husband’s mistress who he just ended his affair with. She’s been in love with him since high school, and wanted a better life than what she has with her husband, the sherif who is in charge of the investigation. Would she be so desperate that she’d do something that drastic to get the husbands attention? The sherif even admits that his marriage is lousy, but halfway attempts to keep the marriage alive...but he knows everyone has secrets they want to keep hidden and that they all have sincere AND ulterior motives. The author created fantastic characters, and the narrator did an incredible job bringing them to life! She portrayed each of the characters perfectly by creating different vocals, emotional expressions, and temperaments for each character. She brought the characters and story to life! It was as if you were listening to an ensemble of people, rather than just one narrator. The author and narrator were a perfect combination! I highly recommend this book based on the author AND the narrator! Thank you for the free audiobook to review. I have left my honest review voluntarily. What a fantastic thrill ride of a story and listening experience!

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This was a very good book!I could hardly keep up with who was doing what.A child goes missing.The parents are getting divorced so that is suspicious. Did the parents set up having their daughter kidnapped?This one is too twisted to guess. Julie Niblett was a very good narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I Loved every second of this thriller!

Wowzer! This is such a unexpected story. I went on some twists and turns and EVERYTIME I thought I knew what was going on....I was WRONG! This story and these characters are all so intertwined it’s hard to know which way is up half the time. i loved it though....every second!

The characters are fascinating. Their ability to lie, cheat and steal just blows my mind. The only person I really feel sorry for is the Sheriff. He has the job of his lifetime with this case.

This is a book that I will be recommending to anyone who will listen. I did listen to this on audio and Julie Niblett did a great job with all her different voices.

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Had me guessing from beginning to end !! Good read

I loved the story , the narrator, and the plot .. very, very interesting and good read !

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A terrifying situation for all parents to have to go through but this one has so many twists and turns that you really don’t know which way is up until the end. I loved this book so much that I wasn’t able to put it down and listened to it all in one go. Amazing writing with really great narration. As this was my first book from this author, I will be looking for others in the future.

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Don’t waste your money or time

Slow story from beginning to end. Boring and predictable. Such a let down. I’m sorry I wasted my credit on it.

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This one kept me on my toes

Her Last Steps written by N. L. Hinkens in this thriller Ava & her daughter Melanie visit their cabin for the last time to collect their stuff in preparation for Ava & Gordon Galraith’s divorce. Ava takes some time to capture a few pictures in the snow but suddenly realize that Melanie is missing. Ava was in a panic looking for Melanie, but she couldn’t find her. Ava seeks help from Mallory the local sheriff, after the FBI and search parties got involved Ava received a ransom demand. A lot of things from the past come to light during this investigation, will Mallory be able to save Melanie?

This was the first book I’ve heard narrated by Julie Niblett and I think she did a great job with all the voices both female and male. I enjoyed the constant suspense, the story kept me thinking about what was going to happen next. This book allowed me to put myself in the shoes of a detective in order to try and find out what was truth from lie. I was able to predict a few things but a lot of the things that happened took me by surprise. The book ends with a good twist and brought a lot of the things I thought about to light.

I received this book via Promo and I’m happy that I got the opportunity to read it. The narrator did a great job and the author did a great job keeping my interest in the book. The book wasn’t too short or long, surprisingly it didn’t feel too drawn out. The author did a good job developing the characters, I felt like a had a good feel for them. I enjoy a good thriller that isn’t too predictable and that is exactly what this book was for me.

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Thrilling listen!

This was a domestic thriller that completely surprised me and backhanded me right across my judgmental face! I went in to this knowing it was a kidnapping mystery but not expecting what was to come, I assumed I would be reading the "cookie cutter" domestic story of divorce, and although it is a story if divorce, Hinkens knocks your socks off with this enticing story of investigation and betrayal with its scandal, turns, and its unending twists. I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to listen to this story; it was real, engaging and exciting to read. If you like thrillers or mysteries, check this one out, you won't regret it

[Thank you N.L. Hinkens for the free audiobook]

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  • 06-13-20

Well written page Turner mystery

Well narrated, a page turner, very enjoyable, and wanted the ending that the author wrote

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  • Jan M
  • 05-10-20

A Mother's Worst Nightmare!

Her Last Steps by N.L. Hinkens pulled me in immediately. The storyline is a mother's worst nightmare. The author was fantastic at writing a suspenseful book with so many twists. Julie Niblett was perfect conveying the tangible emotions of fear, frustration and disbelief. She really added to this listen. Awesome listen!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 04-01-20

Gripping!

NL Hinkens is a new to me author and I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled on her earlier. Her Last Steps is a fantastic, suspenseful thriller that had me guessing the entire book. A parent’s biggest fear comes to life when Ava turns her back and Melanie, her 4 year old daughter disappears. Now the manhunt begins, fingers are pointed and plot so well thought out will blow your mind. Ava’s nasty ex-husband, Gordon is far from innocent of so many things, but is he involved? His mother is out for revenge against Ava for trying to divorce her son, did she do it? Was someone walking the property when they were outside and taken? How about Tammy, the woman scorned? Is Melanie alive? Will she be found? Mallory, the town sheriff is on the job and he scours every clue to find answers. It’s smart, thrilling, gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat with a surprising ending! I loved this book and can’t wait til my next listen of this talented author!

Julie Niblett is incredible as the narrator of this book! She is new to me, and I became lost in her narration. I could feel the fear, the frustration, and anger through her voices. She has a good pace, and easily distinguishable voices, making the book total entertainment.

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  • KarenThornton
  • 02-25-20

I thought I had it figured out early on, I was wrong

Really good plot with lots of twists. I thought it was going to be just like a different book I heard but thankful I was wrong. It didn't go the way I expected so I found it really enjoyable.

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  • Ginger
  • 02-18-20

Not what it seems

This psychological thriller is a web of deceit, lies, corruption, lots of twists turns with a little girl as the initiate. I enjoy stories that make you think, figure out the angle, the why’s, or the reason for someone’s rationale this story has that in the storyline. I was gifted this audible book for a fair and honest review and hope to listen to more along with the narrator Julie Niblett who brought these characters to life.

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  • Kirsten Carlyle
  • 02-14-20

Great thriller with lots of twists and turns

I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. I finished it within a few days! The story is about a couple whose little girl goes missing and their struggle to find her. There were lots of twists and turns and you are left wondering what will happen next right up until the surprising twist at the end. The narrator was good and portrayed different characters well. Would recommend this book and will look out for more from this author.